COMMUNITY SUPPORT: With grateful thanks our local volunteers and to all those who have come together to provide much needed support to the local community, the Town Council has made the following donations to help provide some financial assistance to our community in respect of the impact of the Coronavirus: £750 to Padstow Supporting Our Community and Elderly (the recently established group of volunteers in the community to help the elderly or vulnerable); and £750 to the GoFund Me Page (Food Bank Initiative providing support to people in the community who are in financial crisis during this time, in conjunction with SPAR).
TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES: The Town Council Offices are closed until further notice. This situation will continue to be reviewed. Staff members are working from home to undertake essential tasks. If you need to contact the Town Council, please either email email@example.com, or leave a phone message on 01841 532296. We will get back to you as soon as we are able however, please do bear with us during this time. Telephone messages will not be checked as frequently as emails.
COUNCIL & COMMITTEE MEETINGS: All Council and Committee Meetings have been cancelled until further notice. The Council continues to operate under its Emergency Scheme of Delegation, approved at the last meeting of the full Council held on Tuesday 24 March 2020. The Emergency Scheme of Delegation and decisions made thereunder can be viewed here.
PLAY AREAS: As these are ‘high-touch’ areas, and in an eﬀort to reduce the spread of infection in accordance with Government guidelines, the Council has closed all play areas until further notice. This includes Padstow Sk8 (Skate Park), the Lawns Play Area and the Lawns Tennis Courts. No safety checks will be made during this time. Please protect yourself, others and the NHS and do not enter any areas or use any equipment which has been closed to the public.
PUBLIC TOILETS: The government is advising the population to stay at home and practice social distancing. Therefore, public toilets at this time are deemed a non-essential building and have been closed until further notice.
AREAS OF OPEN SPACE: The Council’s open spaces which include Stile Field, Plantation, Spritty Meadow and Wheal Jubilee Parc remain open to the public for “daily exercise”. Please adhere to Government advice on travelling to these spaces. Please act responsibly, maintain a distance of at least 2m (6ft) from other users, avoid gathering in groups and follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene which can be viewed here. Please note that during this time we will not be able to maintain these open spaces or undertake our regular checks.
Where there is unfenced play equipment (e.g Wheal Jubilee Parc) you are not permitted to use this equipment. No safety checks will be undertaken during this period. Please help stop the spread and protect the health of our community.
PUBLIC LITTER & DOG BINS: Litter and dog bins are currently being emptied twice a week ensuring that correct social distancing and hygiene measures are adhered to by staff for their protection and yours. However, this will be reviewed and may change.
ALLOTMENTS: Current advice is that attending your allotment could be considered “daily exercise”. Therefore, at present, the Rope Walk Allotments remain open. If this is to remain the case, it is imperative that plot-holders follow all the advice about social distancing and hygiene. Please read specific guidance on attending allotments here.
PLANNING APPLICATIONS: Until such time as we are advised otherwise, Cornwall Council the planning authority, are still processing planning applications. Following advice from the Cornwall Association of Local Councils, the Town Council has adopted a mechanism to enable it to respond as a planning consultee and to ensure public consultation during this time. Further information on this mechanism and current applications for consultation can be viewed here.
BURIAL SERVCIES: Burials will continue to operate in accordance with government guidelines. Families should contact their Funeral Directors or Cornwall Council for advice in the first instance. Other related services such as memorial applications or family research requests will not be processed at this time.
TOWN COUNCIL SITES/FACILITIES: If you notice a problem with a Padstow Town Council site/facility or wish to raise a concern about a service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone messages can be left on 01841 532296, however these are unable to be checked as frequently as email.
OTHER SERVICES ACROSS CORNWALLL Information relating to other services affected by COVID-19 and support available across the county can be found on the Cornwall Council website. Services and support include:
Business Support Health Housing
Parking Benefits Support Public Transport
Rubbish Adult Social Care Council Tax
Environment Volunteering Children & Families
Planning News Releases Funerals
RAISING CONCERNS ABOUT COMMUNITY COMPLIANCE: To report a business suspected to be operating illegally, the Council now has a new ‘Report It’ form on the Council’s website. Alternatively, email email@example.com.
If anyone is concerned about compliance with emergency control measures to do with social gatherings please contact the police by calling 101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and 999 in an emergency.